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Friday, 30 April 2021

Simple Sewing Project - APRONS!

 When I was learning to sew at primary school the very first thing I ever made was a Gingham apron which I decorated with cross stitch embroidery. I suddenly thought that it is a brilliant idea for a first sewing project.





Jaycotts.co.uk have a surprising amount of apron patterns for men women and children, vintage to modern, take a look Apron patterns

Or you could design your own as I did or copy one you already have 




 Cut out your fabric and make sure that it has been pressed.

Simply double hem (or overlock and single hem) all the way round 

You can hand sew if you do not have a sewing machine 





Then add ties. I used grosgrain ribbon but most patterns show you how to stitch simple ties from your fabric if you have none to hand 

The easiest way to make them is to sew a long strip , around 4"wide, sew it right sides together and turn right side out.  Press and topstitch 




I used D rings on the neck strap to make it adjustable . These are available from any haberdashery 




Add any sort of pocket you like, heart shaped pockets look cute on Gingham or floral. Go for one simple pocket or one which stretches all the way across,  your choice.

I used a Bias binding foot to easily attach a decorative trim to my large pocket





For children I used to use old mens shirts or my old dresses but there are some really cute fabrics around 

Elephant In My Handbag Childrens fabric has some fabulous fabric, including glow in the dark!



If you want an apron for a man Denim or canvas is great, do add lots of pockets for tools and so on


For a craft apron use Pleather or a waterproof fabric. When sewing with pleather ( faux leather) use a leather needle. A nice way to finish the edges is to use your pinking sheers all around the edge and then turn to the wrong side and top stitch.




This really is a great first sewing project for any age. I hope that I have given you some ideas. 


Thank you for reading 

Do watch this video 



 The link to the video on YouTube is here too .         Link to video on YouTube




Angela 
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Sunday, 25 April 2021

Cotton Poplin summer TUNIC

 My cotton poplin floral tunic 



This is a post I have made for Minerva.com,  the link to the post is below and I do urge you to visit the link as you can see all the fabric and pattern details and will be able to order them easily 

This fabric is  beautiful, not only does it look good but it is a delight to wear. It lends itself perfectly to all manner of dresses blouses and children's clothes and being cotton it is perfect for summer.

I chose a Vogue designer pattern to make this tunic. This pattern also contains a very nice pair of trousers.

This is not a quick make but neither is it difficult. You do need a bit of sewing knowledge but it is suitable for a confident beginner. 

This pattern has a lot of design features which make it that bit more sophisticated than your average tunic. It features mock welt pockets, buttons are concealed within a front band and there are tabs on the sleeves.





It is important to follow the pattern instructions to the letter because some of the construction is a little different , as an example the front and back pieces are hemmed separately before the side seams are sewn. The reason for this becomes apparent once you do sew the front and back together,  it makes for a very neat hem and it is honestly far easier to sew.




For details of pattern , fabric and more photos please go to this link

Minerva.com Fabrics and patterns used in this post


This is such a cool and breezy summer blouse , perfect with my ginger Jeans . There is a tutorial on this blog on this link

My Jeans tutorial